Search Results: "William S. Burroughs"


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THE LAST WORDS OF DUTCH SCHULTZ by William S. Burroughs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 1975

This is Burroughs' most accessible, tightly knit work of fiction—a gruesome, hallucinatory exposition of the dying words of Prohibition mobster Dutch Schultz. Read full book review >

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INTERZONE by William S. Burroughs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1982

"In all, food for doubt that adds little to the Burroughs reputation."
Reading this collection of Burroughs' unpublished work from 1953 to 1958, "you are present at the beginning" of his career, as his editor gushes. Read full book review >

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THE SOFT MACHINE by William S. Burroughs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1966

"It is impossible to describe the book further except in terms of obscenity and opprobrium."
Junk Mr. Burroughs knows and junk he writes. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Perhaps not intended for the public eye and definitely in need of heavy editing, these notes may disappoint even the most fervent Burroughs fans."
This last testament by American cultural icon Burroughs (Ghost of Chance, 1995, etc.) comprises the disjointed diary entries the terminally ill author jotted down between November 14, 1996, and August 1, 1997. Read full book review >

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MY EDUCATION by William S. Burroughs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Die-hard fans will no doubt scoop this up, others need not go beyond Naked Lunch, preferably in David Cronenberg's movie version."
As Burroughs's last book of prose (The Cat Inside, 1992) demonstrated, his publishers will print anything by the octogenarian hipster, even a silly cat book. Read full book review >

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NOVA EXPRESS by William S. Burroughs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 1964

"Ah, what a bonanza for the alka seltzer trade."

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Released: Sept. 1, 1978

"It's all the more obvious when you read a really written piece like 'In the Present Time,' which is Burroughs more or less straight, a marvelous carny comic with a wonderful rat-ta-tat delivery; the collages—and the essays about how to make them—seem gray and tendentious by comparison."
Not the vast raw "scrapbook" it was originally designed to be (which was probably unpublishable), this anthology of Burroughs and Gysin's use of the "cut-up" method details a way to go beyond collaboration in writing and into "new connections between images." Read full book review >

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THE TICKET THAT EXPLODED by William S. Burroughs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 1867

"The Ticket That Exploded, then, is another anti-utopian cry against the future of 'complete control,' the horror beyond the picture window, clownish surrealism which speaks louder than fact."
To produce an apocalyptic vision in the terms of a depraved Mack Sennett comedy, replete with vaudeville monologues on the absurd, is perhaps William Burroughs' thoroughly upsetting achievement, before which, to paraphrase Freud, any critic must lay down his arms. Read full book review >

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EXTERMINATOR! by William S. Burroughs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 1973

"Burroughs is never going to write."
Another compendium of sci-fi, horror-erotica, and general culture-snuffing by America's richest ex-junkie. Read full book review >

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THE PLACE OF DEAD ROADS by William S. Burroughs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2001

"In sum, then: only for the coterie."
It becomes more and more difficult to believe that Burroughs can be seriously read by anyone much over 21, by anyone but a post-adolescent with a self-congratulatory streak of perversity. Read full book review >

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PORT OF SAINTS by William S. Burroughs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1980

"This sweet quiet of memory can sometimes be found beneath the metallic fury and comic wrath—but the bulk and surface here remain incorrigibly repellent."
A revised version of a 1973 work, this is avant-gardist Burroughs once again with his "wild boys"—a punishingly pornographic fantasy of amoral, extraterrestrial, vengeful, homosexual youths wreaking havoc on the heterosexuality, political repression, and general awfulness of American society. Read full book review >

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GHOST OF CHANCE by William S. Burroughs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Or maybe not wholly lost: At book's end is an address, with an appeal for funds to help save the lemurs."
From the strange and venerable Burroughs, a tiny slip of a book (to include 17 illustrations by the author) that becomes a cri de coeur for ecological sanity. Read full book review >